5 Hotels Where You can Watch the First Sunrise of the New Year
According to Japanese custom, the the first sunrise of the year holds supernatural powers and all those who behold it will be blessed with good fortune, especially when viewed rising over sacred places or the ocean. These hotels provide the perfect vantage point from which to admire the first sunrise, without the crowds.
Chiba > Choshi
Cape Inubo, on the extreme eastern edge of the Kanto Plain, is famous as the place where the sun first appears on New Year’s day in Japan. From your room you can drink in the breathtaking sight of the sun rising above the horizon. The large outdoor hot-spring baths — two each for men and women — are available to guests starting from 5:30 in the morning.
Chiba > Kamogawa
All rooms come with a view of the ocean. By day you can enjoy the sparkling horizon, by night the mysterious sound of the waves, and at dawn the beauty of the sunrise over the water. The view of the sea is also spectacular from the open-air hot bath and the lounge.
Shizuoka > Atami
The two outdoor hot baths that can be reserved on the top floor come with a panoramic view of Hatsushima and Oshima islands. The spacious guest rooms, built in the traditional sukiya-zukuri style, offer a view of Sagami Bay and are the perfect setting for taking in the first sunrise of the year. You will also enjoy the dinners featuring seasonal ingredients and the breakfasts offering generous helpings of vegetables.
Aichi > Minamichita
Perched on the Shinojima bluff in the midst of Mikawa Bay, the inn’s open-air hot bath and rooms are renowned for their spectacular view. The inn is the perfect spot to view the sunrise, and also the ideal place to watch the sun set into the sea. In winter you can savor here the fugu (blowfish) cuisine for which Shinojima is famous.
Miyazaki > Takachiho
Located at the foot of the Kunimi hills, famous for their sea of clouds, this inn with its ample use of wood offers a quiet, rustic ambiance that simply has to be experienced. The rooms offer a view of a sunrise that seems shrouded in mystery. The inn also offers very popular breakfasts featuring mountain paste, soba flakes, and other delicacies of the Takachiho area.